Definition of dead letter box in English:

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dead letter box

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A place where messages can be left and collected without the sender and recipient meeting.
Example sentences
  • As we were finding it easier to locate good dead letter boxes, and we became better at working out each other's clues, the main interest came from the contents of the messages we left.
  • By rights, you should be reading this after plucking it from a dead letter box in a park somewhere in a big city, but that seems far too much work.
  • He is never happier than when reading the reports from his old-fashioned, revolver-in-hand kind of agents, who use dead letter boxes and contacts called Boris.

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